Is an ear piercing begged isha? It’s very mainstream now to the point where I’m thinking that there’s a chance that it might be alright. Thoughts

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    Besides the beged isha problem, which perhaps is not relevant in certain locales, there is an issue of chavala (for beauty it is permitted for a woman, for a man it’s highly debatable) and the issue of chukas hagoyim.
    – Chatzkel
    Jul 27, 2022 at 3:26
  • related (and possible duplicate): Getting body piercings
    – mbloch
    Jul 27, 2022 at 3:28
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    Also a late welcome to MiYodeya David. Great to have you learn with us!
    – mbloch
    Jul 27, 2022 at 3:29
  • @Chatzkel why does gender affect if "beauty" is a reason to mutilate your body?
    – Double AA
    Jul 27, 2022 at 3:59
  • @DoubleAA see RSZ in Minchat Shlomo II:82 who makes that distinction
    – Chatzkel
    Jul 27, 2022 at 11:16

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The Talmud says:

[On Shabbat], a tailor must not go out with a needle stuck in his garment, nor a carpenter with a chip in his ear. [Shabbat 11b]

Rashi informs us that men wore earrings that indicated their trades.

Body piercings are generally allowed by Jewish law, according to responsa by Rav Moshe Feinstein [Igrot Moshe Choshen Mishpat 2:66] and the Lubavitcher Rebbe [Likutei Sikhot, v20, p 568]. In areas where body piercing is practiced only by women, men may not do it. [Shulḥan Arukh, Yoreh Deah, 182:5]

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